2009-02-20 23:21:23 UTC
a windows server 2008 sp1 server configured as a domain controller, the one
and only DC in the forest, its running DHCP/DNS/WDS and hosts a distribution
and deployment share for MDT 2008
I need to setup another server at another location with the exact same
config. I have been asked if we could just break the raid 1 array and send
the hard disk to the other location to insert in the other server (same
hardware) and then rebuild the arrays at both locations to speed setup.
Obviously this would result in 2 of the exact same servers with the exact
same identity... so, being experienced with the windows nt family I first
said no, but I wanted to verify this to be true for this scenario.. the
scenario is not typical.
each server is supposed to be a domain controller but not additional DCs in
the same domain... but its fine and desired to have the actual domain name
be the same on each server... the 2 servers will not be completely isolated
from each other however, they will need to synchronize a file share (using
third party software most likely)
so bottom line is I'm wondering if the windows indentity element will be an
issue here? I can't sysprep the new machine to regenerate new SIDs because
it is already a domain controller...
serverA and locationA - named ServerA and is one and only DC for AD domain
MyDomain. This server houses a master file share that needs to be replicated
to another server at another location (WAN connection).
serverB at locationB - named ServerB and should be one and only DC for AD
domain MyDomain (yes, same domain name but not supposed to be additional DC
for the other 'MyDomain' domain)
can I essentialy duplicate this harddrive and just rename the computer and
change IP info (which is supported in the 2008 AD) and still be able to
replicate a file share between the two? I realize this would be out of the
question if your goal was creating an addition DC in the same domain, or if
these servers were supposed to interact on a LAN as peers... and I also
assume it can't/shouldn't be done for my scenario either but I'm just
wondering if the fact that they will be isolated from each other except for
the file share replication, which further will be done by 3rd party
softeware (not DFSR for example), changes anything? Each will be behind a
firewall on seperate network segments...